Career Profile: Samantha Emrich, Ketchum

Samantha Emrich is a specialist in strategic and creative planning at the public relations and marketing agency, Ketchum. Sam is also an avid yogi, yoga instructor, and a wellness blogger at Catching Dragonfly. Read her advice and learn the impact yoga has had on her life.

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How did you end up at Ketchum? What was your career path?

I wanted to work for Ketchum since I was 18 years old. I had a few college mentors that spoke so highly of the agency, became interested in Ketchum at a young age. My senior year of college, I applied for the 2012 Summer Ketchum Fellows program. I got to the final round and was cut. Still determined, I reapplied to Ketchum for a full-time job several months later and was hired! I hopped on a train from Rhode Island to New York with nothing but two suitcases and endless determination.

I was fortunate enough to begin my career in Ketchum’s market research and analytics division. After almost a year as a research associate, I moved into the account side to work on food and wellness brands and was promoted. While I learned so much in my research and account roles, I soon realized my greatest skills and passions were in strategy and creativity. So last spring, I applied for a role on New York’s creative team and have been working there ever since. I consider my path at Ketchum to be an exciting evolution, a testament to the power of perseverance and evidence that it is possible to carve your own path, even at a large company.

What is a typical workday like for you? Walk me through your day!

I kick every workday off by doing yoga practice at the New York Sports Club by my office. This helps me start each day feeling physically and mentally charged. When I arrive at the office, I begin answering emails, attending meetings, working on creative projects, presenting programs, and facilitating brainstorms. I serve as a strategic and creative consultant helping Ketchum clients crack their toughest creative challenges. In a nutshell, I generate creative ideas and help sell them to clients. Most days I’m working out of Ketchum’s headquarters in Manhattan. Some days I’m at client presentations or traveling domestically for current or new business. Every day is different, which is extremely fun.

What is your favorite thing about working at Ketchum?

My favorite thing about working for Ketchum is the people. I have several mentors who sincerely believe in me and invest their time and resources into my growth. I am endlessly grateful to them.

Another favorite aspect of Ketchum is the cultural belief that good ideas can come from anyone. Age, title, and experience level are irrelevant when it comes to who has the best idea in the room. It could be from a partner or from the new kid in digital. I love that.

When you’re not working, you are at yoga or working on your yoga and wellness blog, Catching Dragonfly. What tips do you have for managing a career, a blog, and a social life?

Plan, plan, plan! And keep it real. Focus on managing your energy, rather than your time. If you’re feeling it, go for it! If you’re tired, take a break. I like to remind myself that I can do it all, but not all in the same week.

I’ve read a lot of studies about the benefits of yoga. Do you think that yoga has helped your career and your general wellbeing?

Absolutely! Living my yoga on and off the mat has helped me open my mind, enhance my creativity, relieve stress, and find greater happiness in all aspects of life. Additionally, yoga has helped me develop a stronger sense of self, which is inextricably linked to connecting more meaningfully with others. I now teach weekly yoga classes at Ketchum’s headquarters to help my colleagues recenter, destress, and tune inwards.

What tips do you have for people who want to start practicing yoga?

Just begin and keep practicing. It will change your DNA if you let it. If you don’t know where to start, try beginner yoga classes on YouTube. Or, shoot me an email at catchingdragonfly@gmail.com 🙂

How would you define your professional style? What are a few staples?

I love to bring my om to the office through my wardrobe choices — what I call “office namastyle.” I wear pieces that are professional, yet comfortable and creatively inspiring.

I often do basic postures on the yoga mat in my office mid-day to release stale energy and enhance my creativity, so clothes that facilitate mobility are key. I like wearing a more neutral color palette and my #1 staple is my slightly oversized black boyfriend blazer. Every day I wear jewelry that reminds me to live my yoga at work. My favorite piece at the moment is a Buddha bracelet given to me by Brielle Belle. Engraved on the pendant reads, “The mind is everything. What you think, you become.”

What is on your desk right now?

My 2015 planner from Lorna Jane, English breakfast tea, and The Zen of Creativity by John Daido Loori.

 What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?

1. People want to work with people they like. You can be the smartest, most hard-working person in the room, but if you’re not someone people want to grab a coffee with, you’ll be hard-pressed to reach your full potential.

2. If you’re unsure of your path, carve it yourself.

What is a fun fact about you?

Though I’m often pegged as an extrovert, I happen to be quite introverted. I’m outgoing, but at the end of the day, I often prefer to be in the company of close friends or family rather than at a crowded bar or bustling social function.

P.S. Check out Susan Cain’s TED Talk on introversion if you haven’t seen it yet. It’s a fun watch.

What advice do you have for other young professional women?

Have a voice. Support other women. Dress for the job you want. Find mentors in successful women and men. Look people in the eye. Develop a firm handshake. Remember age does not matter, quality of work does. Know that you can be feminine, smart, and assertive at the same time.

What is your favorite quote?

Right now, I’m loving this one by Rumi: “Live life as if everything is rigged in your favor.”

I believe our thoughts are self-fulfilling prophecies. Pessimistic thoughts become negative feelings and translate to negative actions, even subconsciously. I love the notion that if we believe great things are coming our way, they’re already half way there.

Thank you, Samantha! 

18 Responses to Career Profile: Samantha Emrich, Ketchum

  1. Love this profile! I follow Sam on Instagram, and am usually inspired to hit the yoga mat after seeing some of her photos! I used to do yoga during my workday, and was fortunate to be able to take yoga classes on my lunch break. It always made me return more relaxed and focused. Now that I work from home, I still try to incorporate yoga into my day and I continue to see the benefits.

    http://www.livinginsteil.com

  2. Ashley Mason says:

    Loved reading about Sam! My dream is to work at a marketing agency.

  3. Kayleigh says:

    Love this profile! I have a friend at Ketchum!
    http://www.kayleighskloset.com

  4. Mikayla says:

    Ambition at a young age is always great! I love doing yoga! I love Sam’s Instagram!
    Mikayla | A Seersucker State of Mind.

  5. Jessica says:

    This has been my favourite career profile to read so far. Samantha sounds like such a positive and bright person and it radiates from her answers completely. I love what she said about carving your own path and having positive thoughts. It’s just full of good advice! Thank you Samantha and Elana!

  6. Jordyn says:

    Love that yoga photo, I’m already inspired to go workout!!

  7. Savannah says:

    I’ve never really gotten into yoga :/ That first picture is so cool!! and I LOVE her blog!

    http://thealwaysblog.com

  8. Ruya says:

    Love this post and your career profile series, it helps so much with my future career goals!

    -Ruya
    sweetshortandstylish.com

  9. Alessandra says:

    It’s awesome that Sam’s creativity gets to flourish and thrive in her position. Love what she said about managing your energy, rather than your time. Never thought about adopting that perspective!

    Alessandra | The PumpUp Blog

  10. Jenny says:

    I have always loved every person you feature in this series — and Sam is no different.
    She has such creativity and I loved reading about it all in this interview.

    xoxo, Jenny

  11. Annaliese says:

    I just just started doing yoga classes here at my college last month! I am really enjoying it so far so I liked this blog post a lot!!

    xoxo A
    http://www.southernbelleintraining.com

  12. Ashley says:

    Another inspiring, ambitious woman! Thank you for sharing these career profile’s! I really enjoying reading them!

    xo Ashley

  13. Kayla says:

    I’ve been wanting to start yoga for a while now! I recently have got into using the app “Sworkit” to get started but I should look up beginner yoga videos on YouTube as well!

    Kayla | kaylablogs.com

  14. Nicole says:

    I love ho she starts the day with yoga and lives her life how she wants it! She is awesome!

    Nicole // Chronicling Home

  15. Brittany says:

    That is such a cool picture. So neat learning about Samantha!

    xx. Brittany | Southern Soul

  16. Lauren says:

    Loved reading and learning about her! I also love that quote. The first picture is amazing!
    Lauren
    The Fashionista’s Diary

  17. Kylie says:

    What a great read, such good interviewing skills

  18. Sam Emrich says:

    Thank you for the feature, Elana. In awe at the kindness of your readers. Thank you all for the sweet words! xx

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